Nostalgia

Sharon Feder

Dynamics of Movement Workshop at Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia, during Victoria's city wide festival “Arts in the City”.

Requirements:
This workshop is open to visual artists and performers of all levels of experience. Participants will be expected to wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement. Though some materials will be supplied, participants are asked to bring paper, charcoal, colouring pencils, any other drawing/painting materials they choose as well as made or found objects.

Sharon Feder is a creator, performer and visual artist. She has taught in Canada and internationally in Paris, Brussels, Bolivia and Chile. Sharon graduated with a BFA in theatre from UBC and continued her training in scenography at the laboratory of Movement Study at the International Theatre School of Jaques Lecoq (Paris, France). Her teaching has developed out of these studies, her own creative practice, combined techniques and continued training in the embodied practices of Syntonic and Authentic Movement with Judith Koltai Peavy (Canada), object work/technique Etienne Decroux with company Theatre de Movement (Paris), and Voice/Movement/Improvisation with Pantheatre/Roy Hart (Paris).

Dates and Times:
Introductory Day: Sunday February 5th from 10–2pm.
Weekend Workshop: Friday February 17th 6–10pm, Saturday 18th 2–6pm, and Sunday 19th 10–2pm.

Enrollement:
Send a letter of interest and CV - info@soundmoves.ca / www.soundmoves.ca
Information: Jessica (gallery coordinator)
Tel: 1.250.382.0442
info@xchangesgallery.org

Cost:
Introductory Day: $40.00
Weekend: $110.00
Both: $130.00


Opening: Friday February 03, 2006
7:00–11:00 p.m.

For this installation, visitors are invited to come and share in the experience of Nostalgia. Drawn in by the sound and the flickering light of two film projectors, they soon become immersed in a rare warmth and intimacy, as if welcomed into someone’s private home and given a glimpse of its inner chambers. The sound, filmed images, the objects, the room and its elegant hostess, all offer intimations of layer upon layer of a story endlessly rewriting itself.

The repetitive, asynchronous, hybrid and sometimes monstrous nature of this inner world suggest that the sweet abandon associated with nostalgia also has its costs. In the wreckage of the past, memories become the building blocks of an imaginary refuge. Those we cling to are fragmented and modified with the passage of time, and the more we cling to wholeness, the more we experience multiplicity as rupture and fragmentation.

Artist Statement

I stumbled onto the theme of nostalgia while asking questions about the nature of subjectivity in relation to place and displacement. The tensions that emerged between exile and belonging opened the way to an exploration of nostalgia as a state of being akin to homesickness. Exile elicits feelings of estrangement and alienation from the world, from our communities, and from our own selves. We may also disengage from the present and long to return to a time where we once experienced belonging. The anguish inherent in this longing is tempered by nostalgia, the surrender to sublime waiting and fantasy.

Is there a way for us to negotiate our changing identities and experience both wholeness and multiplicity without the one being at odds with the other? How can we allow for the tension between them to flourish without feeling fragmented, torn apart and exiled from ourselves? Must we avoid nostalgia if what we want is to fully experience the creative potential of the present? Or could nostalgia perhaps point us, always already exiled from the world, to a path back towards ourselves?

(First exhibited at the 14th Annual Cour St Pierre Visual Arts Festival in Paris, France, in 2004.)

For more information call 382-0442 or email:
gallery@xchangesgallery.org

 


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